Michigan matchup creates trinity of tradition

College football’s most enticing feature – for me at least – has always been the bounty of traditions that sweep stadiums every autumn Saturday.

From Mountaineer fans belting John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and the Arkansas Hog Call, to Oklahoma’s Sooner Schooner and Mississippi State supporters ringing their cowbells, rituals pervade the sport in all levels of the game.

As the No. 19 Michigan Wolverines head to State College on Saturday, Nittany Lion fans are about to enjoy a triumvirate of traditions.

Headed to ESPN's College Gameday? What you need to know

For the first time since 2009, ESPN's College GameDay will broadcast live from Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. until noon.

Several GameDay trucks rolled into Happy Valley Wednesday night and started to set up shop on the Old Main lawn where Rece Davis, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack will host the live show.

If you are hoping to get on the air, has released a list of regulations for being in the GameDay pit, per ESPN and the university:

Penn State Predictions: Will the Lions stay unbeaten?

UNIVERSITY PARK – The biggest test of the 2017 season (so far) happens on Saturday.

No. 19 Michigan (5-1) visits the No. 2 Nittany Lions (6-0) in a primetime matchup at Beaver Stadium. The game is a White Out, a sellout and the game of the year – at least until next week.

But make no mistake about it: This will be a good ballgame. If you’ve got a ticket, lucky you. If you don’t have one, be sure to watch – because it could be one for the ages. Remember the four-overtime classic at Beaver Stadium? Yep, that was a White Out too.

What you need to know: No. 2 Penn State vs. No. 19 Michigan


UNIVERSITY PARK — Each week, we’ll tell you what to expect, what to keep an eye on, and where and when you can catch the Nittany Lions on fall Saturdays this season.

Game details: vs. Michigan, 7:30 p.m., broadcast on ABC.

Records: No. 2 Penn State (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten), No. 19/15 Michigan (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten)

Venue: Beaver Stadium.

ESPN's College Gameday will set up at Old Main

UNIVERSITY PARK – It’s happening.

ESPN’s College Gameday is coming this weekend and the Worldwide Leader made it official last night – the popular Saturday morning show will originate from the Old Main lawn. The popular show airs on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until noon.

“College Football Live” will also take place from the set on Friday at 3 p.m. SportsCenter will have some segments on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

PSU moves to No. 2; ESPN's College Gameday coming

UNIVERSITY PARK – It’s a big week in Happy Valley.

It’s Michigan week, of course. But that isn’t the big news. The big news is that the Nittany Lions moved up a slot in the AP poll without having played a game this weekend.

On Friday night, then-No. 2 Clemson fell in a dramatic upset at Syracuse on Friday night, 27-24. On Sunday, voters pushed Penn State up a slot. The Nittany Lions are now the No. 2 team in the nation, just behind Alabama.

Nittany Notes: McSorley's on the Unitas Award watch list

UNIVERSITY PARK – Sure, it’s an off week for the Penn State football team. But that doesn’t mean it’s a week without news.

Although Penn State head coach James Franklin didn’t have a news conference this week, there was some news coming out of University Park this week.

It's a Major Award!

Penn State QB Trace McSorley is one of 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. The watch list was pared down on Wednesday.

Penn State's Top 10 Plays of 2017 ... so far

UNIVERSITY PARK – We are just six games into the 2017 Penn State football season and there have been an entire season of memorable moments.

Since we are in the midst of a bye week, it seemed like a good time to look back at the 10 most memorable moments of the first six games – all Penn State wins, by the way.

Like any good top 10, we’ll count down from bottom to top.

Barkley, Huff and their pursuit of the Heisman Trophy

UNIVERSITY PARK — For all of Penn State’s storied history, the program has only one Heisman Trophy winner.

For me, I’ve always found that to be an endearing stat. Focus on the team, and everything else will take care of itself. Many coaches, including at Penn State, have had mantras that in essence, say that.

This includes the current coaching staff, and players can recite it word-for-word. “With team success, comes individual recognition.”

Penn State-Michigan start time announced

UNIVERSITY PARK – Finally – it’s official.

No. 3 Penn State’s game with No. 17 Michigan will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ABC on Saturday, Sept. The Big Ten tilt is Penn State’s Whiteout Game.

Penn State will be looking to avenge its worst defeat of the 2016 season, a 49-10 loss in Ann Arbor. The Nittany Lions and Wolverines have met every season since 2013 in conference games. All time, the Nittany Lions are 7-13 against the Wolverines, including a 4-6 mark at Beaver Stadium.


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